Comal Independent School District, Texas

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Comal Independent School District
New Braunfels, Texas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Andrew Kim
Graduation rate:92.4%[1]
Number of schools:28
Budget: $178.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:David Drastata
Board members:7
Term length:3
Comal Independent School District is a school district in Texas that served 18,614 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] The district opened for operations in 1956 and currently serves students in New Braunfels and five neighboring communities in central Texas. District residents approved a $189 million bond in 2005 that allowed the creation of 15 new schools that doubled the district's number of campuses.[2] Comal Independent School District is the 65th-largest school district in Texas.

About the district

Comal Independent School District is located in Comal County, Texas
Comal Independent School District is located in New Braunfels, a city in Comal County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Braunfels is home to 60,761 residents.[3]


New Braunfels outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.0 percent of New Braunfels residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in New Braunfels was $55,370 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in New Braunfels was 11.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race New Braunfels (%) Texas (%)
White 86.8 70.4
Black or African American 1.9 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Asian 1.0 3.8
Two or More Races 2.3 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 35.0 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 22.2 76.3
2008 25.7 73.1
2004 22.3 76.9
2000 21.7 75.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


The superintendent of Comal Independent School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Andrew Kim. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Kim previously served as the superintendent of Manor Independent School District in Texas.[6]

School board

The Comal Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected by district to three-year terms. Trustees are not paid but receive compensation for travel expenses and conference fees associated with district business.[7]

Comal Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
Stephen Smith 1 2015
David Drastata 2 2015
Jason York 3 2014
Nancy Pappas 4 2014
Amy Freund 5 2015
David Spencer 6 2016
Cody Mueller 7 2016

School board elections

See also: Comal Independent School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats are up for election on May 10, 2014. Three seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and two seats are up for election in May 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2010:[8]

Audience participation at a Board meeting is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting designated for that purpose. At all other times during a Board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board, unless requested by the presiding officer.

At regular meetings, the Board shall allot 30 minutes to hear per-sons who desire to make comments to the Board. Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall sign up with the presiding officer or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak.

No presentation shall exceed five minutes. Delegations of more than three persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.

Specific factual information or recitation of existing policy may be furnished in response to inquiries, but the Board shall not deliberate or decide regarding any subject that is not included on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting.

The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the Board has attempted to solve a matter administra-tively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy (see list below) to seek resolution:

  • Employee complaints: DGBA
  • Student or parent complaints: FNG
  • Public complaints: GF

The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the audience. If, after at least one warning from the presiding officer, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the presiding officer may request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.[9]


Comal Independent School District publishes annual budgets on its website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $85,612,437 47.9% $4,505,108 2.5% $47,375,261 26.5% $40,082,200 22.4% $1,325,000 0.7% $178,900,006
Averages: $85,612,437 48% $4,505,108 3% $47,375,261 26% $40,082,200 22% $1,325,000 1% $178,900,006

Teacher salaries

Comal Independent School District offers an annual starting salary of $42,000 for new teachers. The median annual salary for district teachers is $49,600 and the maximum salary is $59,300.[11]

Schools in Comal Independent School District


The district's K-12 student enrollment grew from 17,239 students during the 2010-2011 school year to 18,614 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

District schools

Comal Independent School District operates 28 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Comal Independent School District
Arlon Seay Elementary School
Bill Brown Elementary School
Canyon High School
Canyon Lake High School
Canyon Middle School
Church Hill Middle School
Clear Spring Elementary School
Comal Academy
Freiheit Elementary School
Garden Ridge Elementary School
Goodwin Frazier Elementary School
Hoffmann Lane Elementary School
Indian Springs Elementary School
Johnson Ranch Elementary School
Kinder Ranch Elementary School
Memorial Early College High School
Morningside Elementary School
Mountain Valley Elementary School
Mountain Valley Middle School
Oak Creek Elementary School
Rahe Bulverde Elementary School
Rebecca Creek Elementary School
Smithson Valley High School
Smithson Valley Middle School
Specht Elementary School
Spring Branch Middle School
Startzville Elementary School
Timberwood Park Elementary School

Academic performance

The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:

  • Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
  • Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
  • Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
  • Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.

Comal Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 96% of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:[13]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 36,619 42,219 87 50
Student Progress 1,568 4,000 39 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,188 1,500 79 55
Postsecondary Readiness 1,008.1 1,100 92 75

Contact information

Comal Independent School District logo.jpg
Comal Independent School District
1404 I-35 North
New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: (830) 221-2000

See also

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